Hopelink's five centers in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline, and Sno-Valley serve as a community resource providing emergency financial assistance, food banks, energy assistance, and eviction prevention, along with information and referrals for families and individuals seeking access to medical care, counseling, and other critical support.
Hopelink provides housing for homeless families through King County's coordinated entry and assessment system, the Family Housing Connection. This system provides a single access point to housing for homeless families. Hopelink serves approximately 200 families per year through our service enriched housing program. Our Housing and Family Development Case Managers play a key role in helping families move from crisis to increased stability.
Our Asset Building Programs work with clients to help them develop a plan to prevent their falling back into crisis while increasing opportunities that promote their long-term stability. At any entry point to Hopelink services, clients have access to a variety of options for Employment, GED test prep, workforce literacy, English for Work, and financial literacy/management. Obtaining or increasing employment as well as maintaining employment is a key initiative of our Asset Building Program.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
For calendar year 2013, Hopelink programs achieved the following results:
received food through our five food banks; this amounted to over 2.7 million pounds of food.
1,349,924 rides were provided to 39,257 people through Hopelink’s transportation brokerage services, getting people to and from their medical appointments in King and Snohomish Counties.
were served through Hopelink's energy program. This program kept the heat on for families and seniors throughout the winter.
were able to secure housing through Hopelink Housing. Of families who entered our shelter program, 75% achieved greater housing stability once leaving the shelter and 86% of families in our transitional housing program achieved permanent housing.
The aftermath of the recession and continued elevation of housing prices in our county is a strain on those who are living at or below the poverty level. In response, Hopelink is focusing a high level of effort toward increasing the number of people we serve in our service area through programs that help them move towards self-sufficiency.
As we continue to experience significant cuts and fluctuations in public funding, financial support from our community becomes even more critical to our ability to provide services to the thousands of people who seek our help every year.